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October 19, 2010 at 10:40 AM

Mike Stoops talks about UW and this week’s game

Arizona coach Mike Stoops was just on the Pac-10 coach’s conference call. Here’s some of what he had to say:
On the quarterback situation this week: “Well we just had one practice yesterday and Matt (Scott) is doing well and we’ve played Matt a lot during the season but haven’t had many opportunities here of late until Saturday. Having that experience of starting and preparation and what to do and what to expect, we feel very good about Matt.”
More on what he expects from Scott: “He’s just got to go out and play like Matt and not try to be Nick. He has to do what he does well and if he has to improvise, then improvise and use his athletic ability. But don’t try to be a prorotypical player and use his instincts. … that’s what Matt has to be able to do.”
On Nick Foles: “Everything looks good, haven’t had any setbacks. I’ll know next Monday what his availability is for UCLA and long-term. The only thing I rule out is this week, obviously he won’t be playing.”
On having a backup QB who has started before: “It’s very valuable. His attitude has been great. He has practiced really well and that’s going to prove him well on Saturday. I’m exctied to watch him play and he is excited to play. He just has to go out and play like Matt Scott and he will do fine.”
On how last year’s game against UW ended: “It was certainly disappointing. It was a controversial call and that’s kind of how it goes sometimes. What was disappointing to me was how we finished. We had an opportunity to win the game a couple different times and we weren’t quite good enough to do it, and that’s all I really remember from last year’s experience. We need to play better, that’s really what I thought.”
On whether the offense will change much with Scott: “It’s not going to change much. We have to play to Matt’s strengths and we will show that on Saturday what we feel gives us the best opportunity to move the football.”
On whether last year’s game provides a lot of motivation: “No. We certainly haven’t forgotten about what happened in the game — I think you always remember. But our motivation is to compete better and player better and stay in this race. That’s really what all our movitation is right now.”
On Chris Polk: “Chris is a very physical runner with great vision and great patience. He is a prototypical back. … He’s a very complete runner, breaks a lot of tackles. That’s the sign of a very physical runner, and he’s good out in space. so he’s very complete. Catches the ball well so he does it all very, very well.”
Overview of the Huskies: “You start with Jake Locker and he handles the ball so much and they get him out on the edge throwing and play to his strengths and give you a lot of deception in there, so there’s a lot there they are very creative offensively. (Jermaine) Kearse is a guy you’ve got to be always conscious of, a big-play guy and one of their premier receivers in our conference, and then they run the ball effectively, their offense is well conceived, and defensively I think they have improved a great deal since the beginning of the season, a defense that seems to be getting better and better as the year goes on. (Mason) Foster I know is leading the Pac-10 in tackles. I’ve spent a lot of time watching Washington’s offense (Stoops helps run the defense), but watching them on defense they seem much improved watching them play against Oregon State.”



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